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Crown Point thrift shop to re-open May 24

CROWNPOINT-Second Blessings Thrift Center will open for the season May 24.

Sponsored by the First Congregational Church in Crown Point, the shop has been open seasonally the past four years. It will be open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment.

Second Blessings is housed in the historic Hammond Chapel of Crown Point, located on the intersection of Route 9N and Creek Road.

"This beautiful building was first build as General Hammond's home and later given to First Congregational Church," explained Pastor David C. Hirtle. "The building was the first home of the Hammond Library and has served as a Church School Annex as well as having accommodate many civic functions. Second Blessings Ministry opened to the public for the first time in 2008."

Second Blessings offers clothing, household goods and "nick-knacks" donated by those no longer needing them. It continues to accept donations when it is open and by appointment.

There is no charge for items in the shop, although donations are accepted.

"This ministry will continue to be run on a donations-only basis," Hirtle said. "Wishing to maximize our ability to meet the needs of our customers, we believe that this will open the door to many who might not be able to shop with us.

"We invite the community to stop by, shop and chit-chat with the staff," he added. "Have fun and enjoy the second blessings that these items will bring."

Second Blessings continues to seek volunteers. Interested people can contact Dave or Kathy Hirtle at 597-3398.

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